Online Professional Safety Leadership Training Workshop
This is an online safety training workshop in the truest sense of the word–not your typical, static, unengaging online class. It is a roll-up-your-sleeves, get-out-of-your-seat, skills-building experience that imparts real-world knowledge and skills for leading a safety culture in the work environment. The workshop is a radical culture-immersion experience that changes the way we think about safety and the way we behave in safety situations. It imparts a common language and vision around leading safety as a culture, develops leadership ability, builds communication and coaching skills, and equips participants with the tools necessary to lead a safety culture.
This is a college-style online class that utilizes blended learning methods to enhance the student’s learning experience. Participants view recorded sessions of a live workshop, submit assignments, take unit quizzes, and record insights for application that are submitted to and personally graded by a qualified instructor who provides feedback and answers the student’s content questions along the way.
You’ll learn . . .
- how to tie safety to the core values of your workforce
- why compliance is not enough, and what to do about it
- how to build relationships of trust for full engagement
- a better way to coach safety behaviors and performance
- how to develop a “leadership presence” that makes them want to follow
- how to tailor your safety communication to appeal to any communication style
- how to lead and facilitate safety meetings that truly raise safety awareness
Who Should Attend?
This health and safety training class is targeted to those in leadership (or perceived leadership) roles in the organization who are also tasked with leading a safety culture. This includes team leads, supervisors, managers, directors and even VPs of operations, production maintenance, EHS, engineering and reliability, as well as safety-team members, safety officers, safety-committee members, and leadership from the corporate side, such as HR and Commercial.
Online Safety Training Outline
Safety culture starts with the way we think about and what we believe about safety. Culture is about people and relationships, not about compliance to regulations. Safety must be taken out of the category of “highest priority,” and placed in the category of “core value” before it can become a culture. This section is the paradigm shift (or turning point) of the session for attendees. Core values are identified and connected to safety, as are the differences between priorities and values. Participants come away with the clear differences between leading safety as a culture and following safety as a compliance regulation.
There is a proven correlation between higher levels of employee engagement and a stronger commitment to safe-work behaviors. Engaged employees are five times less likely to have an accident, seven times less likely to have a loss-time injury, and they cost the organization one-sixth the cost of unengaged employees. They are natural owners of their environment, are actively look for opportunities to contribute, and are natural champions of leading a safety culture—if we just let them lead! This unit explores the “how-to”s and advantages of building employee engagement and ownership in our employees. Participants discover how to apply the drivers of engagement specifically to their own environment.
Real communication takes place only through employee engagement. That starts by understanding how people think and behave in response to our message. It entails that we adjust our leadership-communication style to maximize engagement and transfer ownership for safety to our listeners. This section focuses on how to lead situationally, as well as how to identify and use your own personal safety-leadership styles to engage people in safety conversations. Participants work to determine what leadership styles best fit different situations, and how best to communicate a safety culture to those who “just don’t seem to get it.”
Leadership can be observed in our communication, in our passion, in our authenticity, and in our accessibility. People follow leaders who exhibit a strong leadership presence, who know what they believe about safety, and who communicate it with authenticity and passion. This section focuses on building safety-leadership skills, leadership presence, relationships of trust, responsibility v. culpability, and genuine care and concern for the people who look to you for guidance. Participants learn essential leadership and communication skills to engage a safety culture and are coached on those skills through safety-engagement scenarios.
This unit builds on the previous unit by elaborating on best practices for engaging employees in safety meetings, safety talks, pre-job meetings, general production meetings, and other venues for safety communication. Participants prepare for and deliver two separate safety-meeting scenarios (a general safety meeting and a pre-job safety meeting) and are coached on improvements. The unit also covers and uses various tools for holding effective safety meetings, including a pre-job meeting form to help guide participants in creating a meaningful discussion around safety while building safety into each production/operations meeting.
Now that we know and understand the principles of safety leadership, how do we tailor them to our environment? Participants brainstorm real-world applications of the safety-leadership principles and work out an action plan to lead safety as a culture in their own environments. The session ends with a signed safety-leadership commitment from the participant.